The Union for Reform Judaism and the Religious Action Center are proud to partner with GreenFaith for the Greening Reform Judaism Pilot Program. Throughout this two-year program, eight New Jersey congregations will complete GreenFaith's Certification Program, which will enable these congregations to become leaders in the Reform Movement's greening efforts and mentor others engaged in stewardship and environmental justice activities.
GreenFaith is an interfaith environmental coalition founded in 1992. They "work with houses of worship, religious schools and people of all faiths to help them become better environmental stewards." GreenFaith's work is guided by three core values: Spirit, stewardship and justice. Through these values, GreenFaith aims to "inspire, educate and mobilize people" toward taking on the moral responsibility of tikkun olam. Visit their website to learn more about GreenFaith.
Below you'll find continuously updated news and resources from our eight participating Pilot Program congregations.
Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple New Brunswick
In our High School elective, Jewish Ethics and the Environment, we will use text and video of events past and present to explore our responsibilities as Jews in the 21st century!
Temple Shaari Emeth Manalapan
We worked with our community to plant tree and make bird houses.
Temple Shalom Aberdeen
Through this Pilot, we hope to inspire and educate; to show that environmentalism is a Jewish cause; to green our synagogue; and lead by example - showing that living "greener" is attainable!
Temple Sinai Tenafly
What's hydrofracking? Read on for details!
Barnert Temple Franklin Lakes
Tikkun olam is an important facet of our congregation's mission. We feel it is of the utmost importance to respect, nurture and care for the world we live in.
Temple Emanu-el Edison
Our rabbi delivered inspiring High Holy Days sermons in 5771.
Temple Shalom Succasunna
Great resources coming soon!
Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel South Orange
We have already accomplished a lot in the areas of Spirit and Stewardship. We definitely have more work to do here; however, the new area of focus for us will be Environmental Justice. It is very complex and we are going to be getting some education from a new congregant who knows this subject well!